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Sep 18, 2016 10:36 PM

I have a chronic illness (thyroid), and as I get older I feel like my body is aging quicker than my years. I have had hip issues for years and lower back pain with no diagnosis. Now I have knee pain every day that interferes with mobility. I was diagnosed with depression years ago and have been on many different meds for it. It feels like every time I feel a little better and start to make some life improvements it all falls apart. Had a major depressive episode in May, necessitating a med change and these incapacitated me for almost 3 months. Then I got married in August. As I started feeling better I started exercising and eating better. Started university last week and the walking has irritated my hips and hip flexors and knees. Now I'm having back spasms. I just don't know how I will make it through school this week. Have anxiety on top and 2 panic attacks in class last week. I just want to be ok, normal, healthy. I just want it to stop!!

Sep 19, 2016 1:34 AM

Wow @Zapp it sounds like you have a lot going on! I think the pressure of everything has just manifested in you physically.

I can totally relate to just wanting to be normal and how just when things seem to be going better you crash.

I think the first step is accepting that some things will affect you more than others and although this is immensely frustrating you have to be patient. You can do anything but NOT everything.

You need to manage your stress and anxiety by allowing yourself to express it in the safest and most relaxing way. The more stress the more pain - it is a fact!

Take the exercise slowly but maintain momentum - it is a great resource for endorphins which is a pick-me-up.

Make sure you get enough rest and that you feed your body healthy foods.

Hope things get a bit easier this week🌸

Sep 20, 2016 7:48 PM

Zapp, I also suffer from these same issues. I've had to add knee braces for walking, because of the chondromalacia & OA. And of course the knees affect the hips, and vice versa. It's a never ending battle. One leg is longer than the other, enough to cause major problems, so I use special made Orthotics and very good shoes (GravityDefyer & NewBalance). Due to an imbalance I also use a cane or walker. I have to walk a slow pace also or I throw myself off balance easier. I suffer depression and anxiety for 28 years. I keep anxiety med on me at all times, but try to use relaxation & deep breathing to get through it first, when it hits. It sounds like you are under a lot of stress and changes. Try to prioritize and alleviate anything you don't have to do daily. And take it one day at a time, one step at a time. Hugs love & prayers!🙂💕🙏🌸

Sep 20, 2016 7:56 PM

That's alot to carry on your shoulders with pain. Take time for yourself to breathe. Have you given up gluten and soy and tried taking magnesium, vitamin d3 and using sea salt. Peppermint and green tea help me. I think from my history of pains and my endocrinologist explained that thyroid medications cause bone loss, maybe ask your doctor about a dexis test. I hope you feel better, it's not easy to be in your shoes. One day at a time, try to be optimistic about each tomorrow and we're here for you. 🙋🙋🙋

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